TripAdvisor Inc (TRIP): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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TripAdvisor ( TRIP) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, TripAdvisor fell $0.96 (-1.8%) to $51.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,094,579 shares of TripAdvisor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,874,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.00-$52.61 after having opened the day at $52.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.30. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Vocus ( VOCS), down 37.1%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 6.3%, Ixia ( XXIA), down 5.5% and HomeAway ( AWAY), down 5.3%.
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TripAdvisor, Inc., an online travel company, provides trip advisory services. TripAdvisor has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates TripAdvisor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, MeetMe ( MEET), down 8.5%, Youku Tudou ( YOKU), down 6.2%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 5.6% and SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), down 5.4% , were all gainers within the internet industry with SINA Corporation ( SINA) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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